A short guide to Australia's finest landmarks

What's more, the land 'Down Under' is also home to a range of fascinating and unique landmarks which can be explored at leisure on your next trip there.

The Sydney Opera House is arguably Australia's most eye-catching and instantly recognisable manmade landmark, having opened to great fanfare in 1973, fifteen years after the idea of it was first conceived. A multi-venue centre which hosts performances in many different mediums – not just, as the name would suggest, opera – the building is now an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. Welcoming over seven million visitors annually, it was described by the judges of a leading architecture prize as having 'changed the image of an entire country'.

Australia, of course, is also famed for its striking natural landscape, and perhaps the majority of its finest sights had no human hand in their formation. Maybe more famous than any other is Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock; located in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, the sandstone formation is sacred to the Aboriginal people of Australia and brings hundreds of thousands of interested visitors to peruse its ancient paintings, as well as its flora and fauna, each year.

The Great Barrier Reef is another example of Australian natural beauty at its best, and is proof of how the nation is without a doubt one of the most relaxing possible to spend time in. A World Heritage Site, just like the other two wonders mentioned here, it is known as being the biggest coral reef system on the planet, and stretches across an area totalling more than 133,000 square miles.

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